By the People, For the People, Without the People?
The Emergence of (Anti)Political Sentiment in Israel and in Western Democracies
- Edited By: Prof. Tamar Hermann
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- Cover Type: E-Book
- Number Of Pages: 401 Pages
This book is an outgrowth of an international workshop entitled "Anti-Politics: Citizens, Politics and the Political Profession" convened by IDI in 2008. Written by the conference participants, its articles represent various theoretical approaches, research methods, and points of view regarding the changing relations between citizens and the democratic political systems in which they live.
In many democratic countries today, there is a great deal of political disenchantment. Broad sectors of the public no longer hold politics and politicians in high esteem; rather, they relate to them with aversion, derision, and cynicism. Although people may not be taking to the streets and demonstrating and may not be in direct conflict with the agents and agencies of government, many citizens are effectively turning their backs on their elected government. Consequently, the government that is supposed to be "by the people and for the people" is essentially "without the people."
In December 2008, IDI convened an international workshop entitled Anti-Politics: Citizens, Politics and the Political Profession in Jerusalem in order to address these changes and their implications. The articles in By the People, For the People, Without the People? are an outgrowth of that workshop. Written by conference participants, they represent various theoretical approaches, research methods, and points of view regarding the changing relations between citizens and the democratic political systems in which they live.
- Full Book
- Introduction – Tamar S. Herman
- The Reality of Political Fictions: Democracy between Modernity and Postmodernity – Yaron Ezrahi
- One Man, One Voice! One People, One Language? – Astrid von Busekist
- The Triple Crisis of Politics and the Media – John Lloyd
- Citizenship, Civil Society, and Transnational Participation: Muslims in Europe – Riva Kastoryano
- Antipolitics in Britain: Dimensions, Causes, and Responses – Gerry Stoker
- The Bumble-Bee is Still Flying: Italian Political Culture at 50 – Pierangelo Isernia and Danilo Di Mauro
- Embedded and Defective Democracies: Where Does Israel Stand? – Wolfgang Merkel
- Neo-Liberalism, Sovereignty, and the Crisis of Representation in Israel – Dani Filc
- The Roots and Implications of Discomfort – Yossi Shain
- Escape from Politics: The Case of Israel – Yael Yishai
- The Israeli Third Sector: Patterns of Activity and Growth, 1980–2007 – Benjamin Gidron
- New Politics, No Politics, and Antipolitics: The Dilemma of the Religious Right in Israel – Kalman Neuman
- The Politics of Political Despair: The Case of Political Theology in Israel – David Ohana
- Ethical Slippery Slopes and “Easy” Solutions for Social Responsibility – Ishai Menuchin